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Primeur weekly 2017-06-26

Focus

China's effort on HPC in the next 5 years - from exascale prototypes to exascale system ...

Crowd computing

BOINC Monitor 9.70 released ...

Focus on Europe

Eight Irish Supercomputer List: Irish HPC capacity more than doubles again ...

Memorandum of Understanding signed between CHPC and PRACE ...

GENCI to boost France scientific competitiveness and industrial innovation with new petascale supercomputer ...

Huawei inaugurates the HPC Global Center of Excellence ...

Hardware

Universal ultra high-dense and 'hot water' cooled RSC Tornado solution: ready to support Intel Xeon Processor Scalable Family, world's first Intel Omni-Path fabric based and 100% 'hot water' liquid cooled switches, improved RSC BasIS functionality ...

NVMe Revision 1.3 expands reach of fast storage for Enterprise, Client, and Cloud power users ...

DDN Storage named to elite $1 billion+ valuation "Storage Unicorn" list ...

Verne Global sets strategic roadmap to manage advanced computing requirements ...

Cisco and NetApp advance digital transformation with software-defined converged infrastructure solution for the next generation data centre ...

Cisco unveils network of the future that can learn, adapt and evolve ...

New Supermicro X11 SuperBlade boosts I/O performance featuring Intel Omni-Path fabric ...

Supermicro announces full portfolio of A+ server solutions optimized for new high-performance AMD EPYC processors ...

Mellanox interconnect solutions scale deep learning platforms to world-leading performance ...

Mellanox Ethernet and InfiniBand chosen by AMD as the preferred interconnect solutions to accelerate new EPYC data centre platforms ...

Applications

Shape and size of DNA lesions caused by toxic agents affects repair of DNA ...

SDSC's Comet is a key resource in new global dark matter experiment ...

New computing system takes its cues from human brain ...

Blue Brain team discovers a multi-dimensional universe in brain networks ...

Machine learning and high performance computing for industrial applications ...

Modelling the brain with Lego bricks ...

How pythons regenerate their organs and other secrets of the snake genome ...

The Cloud

European Commission to set up new High Level Expert Group 2017-18 for the European Open Science Cloud ...

Huawei releases HPC Cloud solution 2.0 ...

Universal ultra high-dense and 'hot water' cooled RSC Tornado solution: ready to support Intel Xeon Processor Scalable Family, world's first Intel Omni-Path fabric based and 100% 'hot water' liquid cooled switches, improved RSC BasIS functionality


19 Jun 2017 Frankfurt - The Russian RSC Group has presented its ultra high-dense scalable and energy efficient RSC Tornado cluster solution at ISC'17 international exhibition. RSC has demonstrated a full set of components for modern HPC computing systems of various scale with 100% liquid cooling in 'hot water' mode including high-performance computing nodes based on Intel Xeon Phi 7290 and Intel Xeon E5-2697А v4 processors and world's first Intel Omni-Path high-speed interconnect switch with 'hot water' liquid cooling.

All subsystems of RSC Tornado solution are easy in administration and monitoring due to fully updated functionality of RSC BasIS integrated software stack for cluster system management. The next generation of RSC Tornado is ready to support the newest Intel Xeon Processor Scalable Family server processors - code named Skylake-SP.

RSC Group, a developer and integrator of innovative solutions for high-performance computing (HPC) and data centres in Russia and CIS has demonstrated its ultra high-dense, scalable and energy-efficient RSC Tornado cluster solution with direct liquid cooling - all cabinet elements including high-speed interconnects are liquid cooled - at the ISC'17 international exhibition. This RSC solution based on 72-core Intel Xeon Phi 7290 processor has established the world computing density record for x86 architecture in 1.41 Petaflops per cabinet or over 490 Teraflops/m3.

RSC has showcased a full set of components for modern HPC computing systems of different scale with 100% liquid cooling in 'hot water' mode, including high-performance RSC Tornado computing nodes based on 72-cores Intel Xeon Phi 7290 processor and Intel Server Board S7200AP, Intel Xeon E5-2697А v4 and Intel Server Board S2600KPR(F) with Intel SSD DC S3520 Series, Intel SSD DC P3520 Series solid state drives with NVMe interface in high-dense М.2 formats and the latest Intel Optane SSD DC P4800X Series. The next generation of RSC Tornado is ready to support the newest Intel Xeon Processor Scalable Family - code named Skylake-SP - which are expected to launch in second half of the year.

RSC Tornado solution based on Intel server processors has leading footprint and computing density - up to 153 nodes in one standard cabinet 80cmx80cmx42U, high energy efficiency and provides stable operation of computing nodes in 'hot water' mode with cooling agent temperature up to +65 °C at inlets of switching nodes and interconnects. Operation in 'hot water' mode enables all-year free cooling (24x365) using only dry coolers running at ambient air temperature up to +50 °C, and complete elimination of freon circuit and chillers. Therefore, average PUE (power usage efficiency) of the system is less than 1.06. Cooling consumes less than 6% of total consumed power, which is an outstanding result for HPC industry.

At ISC'17, RSC specialists have also introduced the world's first 100% 'hot water' liquid cooled 48-port Intel Omni-Path Edge Switch 100 Series for high-speed interconnects - with up to 100 Gbps per port non-locking switching speed. Intel Omni-Path Architecture (Intel OPA) is a complex solution for high-speed switching and data transfer improving application performance in entry-level HPC clusters and large-scale supercomputer projects with minimum expenses. 48-port Intel OPA switch enables connection of 26% more servers than competing solutions with lower budget and power consumption reduced to 60% providing more energy efficient switching and system infrastructure.

Innovative management and monitoring system based on RSC BasIS integrated software stack also provides high availability, resistance to failures and ease of use of HPC computing systems based on RSC solutions. This system is an open and easily expandable platform based on open source software and micro-agent architecture. It enables controlling full data centers and their individual elements such as computing nodes, interconnects, infrastructure components, workloads and processes. All system elements - computing nodes, power supplies, hydraulic regulation modules, etc. - consist an integrated management module providing broad capabilities for detailed telemetry and flexible management. Cabinet design supports replacement of computing nodes, power supplies and hydraulic regulation modules - with redundancy - in hot-swap mode without interruption of system operation. Most components of the system - such as computing nodes, power supplies, network and infrastructure components, etc. - are software-defined, and this significantly simplifies and speeds up initial deployment, maintenance and future upgrades of the system. Liquid cooling of all components ensures their longevity.

New functionality of RSC BasIS for monitoring and control of territorially distributed data centers was presented by RSC at ISC'17.

This year RSC Group has completed an upgrade of computing resources of the Joint Supercomputer Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences (JSCC RAS) and the Siberian Supercomputer Center of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences (SSCC SB RAS) on the basis of the Institute of Computational Mathematics and Mathematical Geophysics. Both projects are unique as they are world's first deployments that have server nodes with 'hot water' liquid cooling based on the most powerful 72-cores Intel Xeon Phi 7290 processors and 16-cores Intel Xeon E5-2697А v4 processors. For the first time in Russia and CIS region, implementation of these unique projects involved deployment of communication subsystems of two cluster systems based on Intel Omni-Path Architecture.

Joint resources of JSCC RAS in Moscow and SSCC SB RAS in Novosibirsk will be used as the basis for territorial distributed computing facility for solving relevant tasks in fundamental and applied sciences, including advanced research in fields of Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning, Deep Learning (ML/DL), Big Data and others.

The total peak performance of these computing facilities is currently about 1.1 Petaflops. Innovative management and monitoring system based on RSC BasIS integrated software stack also provides high availability, resistance to failures and ease of use of computing resources at JSCC RAS and SSCC SB RAS.
Source: RSC Group

Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2017-06-26

Focus

China's effort on HPC in the next 5 years - from exascale prototypes to exascale system ...

Crowd computing

BOINC Monitor 9.70 released ...

Focus on Europe

Eight Irish Supercomputer List: Irish HPC capacity more than doubles again ...

Memorandum of Understanding signed between CHPC and PRACE ...

GENCI to boost France scientific competitiveness and industrial innovation with new petascale supercomputer ...

Huawei inaugurates the HPC Global Center of Excellence ...

Hardware

Universal ultra high-dense and 'hot water' cooled RSC Tornado solution: ready to support Intel Xeon Processor Scalable Family, world's first Intel Omni-Path fabric based and 100% 'hot water' liquid cooled switches, improved RSC BasIS functionality ...

NVMe Revision 1.3 expands reach of fast storage for Enterprise, Client, and Cloud power users ...

DDN Storage named to elite $1 billion+ valuation "Storage Unicorn" list ...

Verne Global sets strategic roadmap to manage advanced computing requirements ...

Cisco and NetApp advance digital transformation with software-defined converged infrastructure solution for the next generation data centre ...

Cisco unveils network of the future that can learn, adapt and evolve ...

New Supermicro X11 SuperBlade boosts I/O performance featuring Intel Omni-Path fabric ...

Supermicro announces full portfolio of A+ server solutions optimized for new high-performance AMD EPYC processors ...

Mellanox interconnect solutions scale deep learning platforms to world-leading performance ...

Mellanox Ethernet and InfiniBand chosen by AMD as the preferred interconnect solutions to accelerate new EPYC data centre platforms ...

Applications

Shape and size of DNA lesions caused by toxic agents affects repair of DNA ...

SDSC's Comet is a key resource in new global dark matter experiment ...

New computing system takes its cues from human brain ...

Blue Brain team discovers a multi-dimensional universe in brain networks ...

Machine learning and high performance computing for industrial applications ...

Modelling the brain with Lego bricks ...

How pythons regenerate their organs and other secrets of the snake genome ...

The Cloud

European Commission to set up new High Level Expert Group 2017-18 for the European Open Science Cloud ...

Huawei releases HPC Cloud solution 2.0 ...